For 85 years ULI has helped the real estate industry chart a course through smooth sailing and rough seas. In the Great Depression, World War II, every cyclical downturn through the Great Recession, and now during the novel coronavirus crisis, ULI’s purpose remains unchanged: to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. In challenging times like these, ULI has always served as an indispensable information resource and—more importantly—as a gathering place for the entire land use community. That’s why ULI has never been more important than right now.
We need each other—our knowledge, creativity and spirit of leadership. Market cycles and crises come and go, and we will survive this one too. To rebuild after and get to a stronger and more resilient future, our communities need what ULI provides: thinkers who look at the built environment holistically and who consider the health and fabric of communities and how we all grow. Whether we’re gathering in person or online, we hope that we can serve as a guide, connector and source of information as we push ahead. As a ULI member and sponsor, you are a critical part of this effort, so thank you for your membership and participation.
Below, we want to show how quickly and effectively ULI Philadelphia has pivoted in this challenging environment, to give you a preview of activities to come and, finally, to show how you can help with your engagement and support.
Thank you, as always, for your contributions to the built environment and commitment to our organization. I look forward to seeing you on my computer screen until we can come together in person and to the activities that we will continue to put forward during this time.
ULI Philadelphia Chair
ULI Philadelphia During COVID-19
During this time the format and channels in which we work have shifted, but our commitment to sharing knowledge and connecting leaders remains as important as ever. To ensure we continue to meet the needs of our members, ULI Philadelphia has:
Converted all council and committee meetings into virtual environments. Some dynamic examples include:
A Life Sciences discussion with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce about how the sector is responding and what businesses are seeing.
A roundtable on Disaster Recovery and applying lessons from the past to the pandemic, hosted by the Young Leaders Group.
A moderated discussion about how the multifamily sector is responding to the pandemic, including a Q&A session with national short-term rental operators.
Leveraged our global networks to provide real-time information, best practices and professional development through live and on-demand webinars, including in markets that are further along in their COVID-19 response.
Shared both industry and community resources through the ULI platform, reaching over 6,000 land use professionals.
Surveyed our members to identify the priority needs and areas of interest in response the pandemic. In exchange for participation, offered gift cards to local restaurant of choice in support of small business.
Launched new local webinar series free of charge to members and nonmembers in the initial phase, to examine the impacts of COVID-19 across topics with an eye towards resiliency and future opportunity, including a discussion on the future of Life Sciences, Real Estate Outlook after COVID and perspectives on rebuilding trust in Public Assets.
Locally and nationally, we are continuing to share information and engage members. Local activities include continuing the programs listed above as well as:
A focus on professional development and transitions through the new Careers & Cocktails series.
The return our our Open Houses and Member Breakfasts in a new virtual environment, with opportunities to connect and network in smaller groups.
Additional webinars exploring the impact of COVID-19 with an eye towards resiliency, on our local and regional markets.
Globally, ULI continues to leverage its research centers, ULI Europe and ULI Asia Pacific member content, UrbanLand publication and Spring meeting content to deliver on its mission. For a list of ULI Global resources, click here.
Ways to Stay Involved and Share
For over 80 years, ULI members have helped each other through numerous economic cycles by sharing best practices, new ideas, and lessons learned. We need you!
If you are not already, I welcome you to engage in a council or committee through the Engagement Campaign, offer to mentor individuals doing through a career transition or propose a topic to discuss.
Maintaining and strengthening our network during this time will elevate us all and membership has never been more important. If your membership is expiring, or you are new to ULI, you can renew or join with a 10% discount. If you know of professionals who could benefit from and enrich our community, please share your experience with ULI.
Share your feedback! How can we help? What information or types of interactions are you seeking? Do you have ideas for us about how we can better support your work and thinking about the future? Reach out anytime.